Sweida, Al-Tha'la village, to the west of Sweida city, is distinguished by its architectural style and archaeological landmarks which date back to the Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine and Arab Islamic eras.
The remains of dilapidated houses, arches and parts of stone doors decorated with cornices, arches, columns, crowns and writings are still stand until now throughout the village in addition to three round pools carved in stones.
The village has an important strategic location since it links Jabal al-Arab (Al-Arab Mountain) with Sahel Horan (the plain of Horan), Head of Sweida Antiquities Department Nashaat Kiwan said.
He added that a collection of ancient Greek inscriptions indicate to an ancient urban and human settlement in the village was discovered.
Kiwan said that the old town in the village is characterized by its basalt architecture dating back to ancient times, most of them from the classical Roman and Byzantine eras.
Al-Tha'la is famous for its fertile red soil and its wide flat lands adorned with olive trees that surround the village's four sides as well as its mild climate .
Source: Syria Arab News Agency